Not just guitars and basses of course, bouzoukis, lap steels, dulcimers, mandolins.. this 1909 Gibson mandolin came in recently for a complete restoration (see pics). Vintage instrument repair is a key part of the business, and you will probably be pleasantly surprised by what can be done. Very few guitars are unrepairable!
Whether it is rebuilding a 'destroyed' vintage guitar (please see our case studies for some extreme examples!), carving a new solid top for an archtop, repairing the dreaded broken headstock, or just replacing a small section of binding or a scratchy potentiometer, Andy can make your cherished instrument sing once more. Andy specialises in vintage guitar repair and restoration, having worked on hundreds of the oldest instruments. All renovation work is performed with a sensitivity to the original parts, materials and finishes. Prices will naturally vary by the amount of work required, but you can see aproximate prices here: guitar repair prices.
A good guitar becomes a great guitar when it is set up properly. You might be surprised how many musicians berate a high quality instrument purely because it was poorly set up, or incorrectly strung. Carefully adjusting the neck, bridge and strings to give the best in playing performance takes a little time, and a little knowledge, but is hugely important, especially to musicians who perform in public, or record. The aim is to maintain easy playability, strings that remain in tune across the fretboard, and to eliminate fretbuzz or deadspots.
Generally guitars only need an occasional set-up, usually when changing to a different gauge of strings. Increasingly this task is not being carried out by manufacturers, and even brand new guitars might benefit from a little attention. Obviously, guitars that see a lot of use may require more regular care to remain in peak playing condition.
A standard setup involves neck, bridge and nut adjustment, fret dressing and restringing, and will resolve intonation problems, buzzing, and any unevenness in response from different parts of the fretboard. Guitar set up prices start from £40. See a full list of prices here: guitar servicing prices.
Andy has made too many instruments over the years to keep track of, but please take a look at just a few examples in the custom gallery, for some favourite creations. Andy has built solid body guitars, thinlines, bass guitars, baritone guitars, acoustics, bouzoukis, mandolins, electric upright basses and ukeleles. Instruments are built to your requirements, so if theres a stringed instrument you have been dreaming of, however unusual, please contact Andy for a chat about what is possible.
Andy Viccars is based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, with easy access from London, Birmingham, Northampton, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge. 9 Nene Drive, MK3 7BY. Visits are by appointment only. To discuss guitar repairs please email as a first contact - providing clear images will give an accurate idea of the work required.